We’ve seen a lot of cool applications of MicroVision’s PicoP technology lately, and On Patient Imaging from Andrew B. Holbrook of the Kim Butts Pauly Lab at Stanford University is especially intriguing. Using MicroVision’s PicoP® Evaluation Kit, Holbrook created On Patient Imaging to display Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) directly on a patient’s body.
Not only can patients better understand and contextualize body scan information seeing it superimposed over the area in question, but advanced applications could help the precision and speed of actual medical procedures. For example, High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) uses external transducers to heat and rapidly destroy pathogenic tissue, including tumors and fibroids, and having medical images displayed directly on patients’ bodies will help ensure their speedy and precise placement.
MicroVision PicoP technology is an ideal solution for these kinds of applications due to its ability to project always-in-focus images on any type of surface, including curved surfaces like the human body. While On Patient Imaging isn’t the first PicoP project to use the human body as a display surface (we think that kudos goes to Skinput by Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft Research), it demonstrates a great application that could offer tremendous benefits to both sides of the healthcare industry—patients and doctors.
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